As Kim Spurling counted the number of homeless Franklin students and spoke with families living in poverty, she knew she needed to find a new way to help feed more of them.
Right now, 42 percent of Franklin’s roughly 5,100 students are receiving meals at school for free or at a reduced price because their families are at or near the poverty line. The number of homeless students also has grown from 178 in September to 208 now, said Spurling, Franklin schools’ community outreach coordinator.
Spurling spends much of her time meeting with families who need help finding homes and feeding their kids. That includes a mother with six kids at Franklin schools who has trouble getting her children to and from school each day, while also making it to area food pantries to find groceries.